Sunday, June 15, 2014

Baba Yaga House

Hi everyone here I am back again with another project using the fabulous mini mdf house from Jo at Imagine If.  Once again we are doing a blog hop this week so please pop over and check out the Imagine If blog to start at the beginning or pop over and visit some of the other design team members.  They have all made stunning houses and once again they are all different.

Check out what Jo has been making on her blog
Beth has made an artist's cottage complete with easel
Brenda's house even has room for a dog, check it out

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 I started with the basic house but as usual I went off on my own tangent.  (this is becoming a recurring theme)  I looked at the house and Jo had said that she wanted something a bit different so here it is.  I have always been intrigued by the house of Baba Yaga.  In Russian folklore she is a witch/wise woman who lives in a house on chicken legs.  So here is my take on this house.  I modified the back of the house and added drawers as well as the chicken legs.

Once again there are too many instructions for the project so I will just explain a few of the techniques used.

I cut out a part of the back of the house and added in matchboxes glued together to make the drawers in the back.

I then made faces for the drawers using mini popsicle sticks and painted them to match the house and added a knob.
I added images to the inside of the drawers in keeping with the witchy theme.
To get the look of timber on the house I used mini popsicle sticks which I glued on to the pices of the bilding.  I then trimmed them and painted the whole thing black.  Once the black paint was dry I covered the pieces with crackle medium and then brown paint.  I wasn't too fussy about the sticks and used broken bits to give the appearance of a weathered old wood cabin.

The chicken legs I made using a wire armature that I made and then I used paper mache to give them the strength to hold the house.  I then attached them to the bottom of the house using glue and more paper mache.
For visual interest I made a little bookshelf with some bit on it that can be seen through one of the windows.  The other window and the door have images behind them.
The base the legs are attached to is actually four wooden coasters glued together.  I wanted something with a bit of weight so that the house would not tip over.
Here are a couple of more images of the completed house.  I am really pleased with how this turned out and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask, I am only too happy to answer them.  Please let me know what you think I love to get your feedback.


 Have a good day, Ngaere.

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  1. WOW This is amazing, I cant believe the things you come up with, just awesome

  2. Wonderful, but creepy, and just what I expected. These houses are great.

  3. Wonderfully creepy...Very creative.......

  4. perfect I love it, creepy is so cool :)

  5. totally different. love your thinking

  6. Wow! That is so amazing! Love the idea of using the popsicle sticks for a timber effect.

  7. What an utterly amazing concept and carried out to perfection.

  8. your ideas never cease to amaze us all, keep up the excellent work

  9. Had to come over to see this house after seeing the mini version. this is the coolest thing EVER! love, love, LOVE! Especially the chicken legs. xxD